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Amy Butler and Canvas Bag

New Canvas Bag

I used 2 lovely, co-ordinating, paisley Amy Butler fabrics and combined that with canvas for a new bag.  It has a pocket running along the front and back and pinned down with a covered button.    Exterior Pocket and Covered Button  Although the canvas holds its shape nicely I did use some heavier fleece interfacing as well.  I’m pleased with the look.  It may find its way to my shop.

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Geisha Girl Bag/Tote

When I purchased this Michael Miller’s fabric with the gorgeous geisha girl I wasn’t sure how I would use it, but I had to have it because of her lovely face and the vibrant colours.   I’m so pleased at the result of the bag I have sewn this week.  The panel itself is large but I’m happy I was able to incorporate this much of it within the size of the bag/tote.  I have hand embroidered beads to her lovely hair and clothing.  If you are interested in a geisha tote like this one convo me at PinkDaisies. I have one panel left.

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Tuesday…a Quilt…and Neptune Necklace

Baby Quilt on the Go

I have had this Noah’s arc fabric for a while and wasn’t sure how I would use it but finally I’ve had a chance to start working on it.   Its going to be a baby’s quilt.  In this picture I have cut and pieced together strips for the inner border.   

Neptune Necklace

Here is a picture of a new necklace I’ve made recently.  I really like the colour, shine and hints of gold colour on it.  The pearls add a soft, feminine look.  I’m going to put it into my shop this week.  I have pods in other colours as well.   

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My McDonald’s Story and Sewing

I try to watch my fats and eat healthy.  It had been years since I’ve been to McDonald’s because I don’t eat their fries or their hamburgers or their pies any longer.  Boring?  No I don’t eat boring.  Anyway, I recently realized they have delicious sandwiches and salads since I’d been there last.  I’d been galavanting during my lunch and decided to treat myself to a turkey sandwich and a few fries.  I placed my order at the drive thru and on paying was told they were out of turkey and would I substitite with chicken.  That was fine with me.  They asked me to park at the side and they would bring me my lunch when it was ready.

 So I waited and waited and waited and started running out of lunch time when suddenly an guy comes running out towards me my lunch in hand.  He apologized profusely for the long wait and told me that he had added an apple pie to the order AND that the person filling my order had given me EXTRA LARGE fries.  I chucked to myself as I thanked him and graciously took my lunch.  I couldn’t win for trying.  The sandwich was very yummy and so were the few fries I did eat.  The rest?  I had a hunger colleague at work who eagerly finished the fries and apple pie. 

Saturday I helped Son #2 (the one who moved back from British Columbia last fall) move again.  They found a really nice place about 5 miles from me.  We had a very productive day and and I sure was feeling sore and stiff but its a good feeling.  On Sunday I worked 3 hours fixing up the kitchen.  I like that part.  It always feels that once the kitchen is nice and functioning things are looking good.  Anyway on the drive to his place on Saturday I stopped at Fabricland because they were having a  members 50% off sale.  I had my eye on a great, red, tote bag   00421.jpg  for my sewing machine that cost $50.00 so that brought it down to $25.00 and because I had accumulated quite a few stamps on my membership card for previous purchases I was able to take another $20.00 off.  That bag cost me only $5.00!  I was sooo pleased.

I purchases some wonderful pink fabrics  00442.jpg for a baby’s quilt, floral material to complete the dress  I00451.jpg didn’t make for the cruise and cute material for shorts and top for Madeline.  I will be putting the pics back up tonight. Madeline’s pattern is McCall M5306   00431.jpg  and I have a choice of making either capri pants or shorts, 2 versions of the top and a cute little hat.  I think the sewing bug has hit me again!  Fun and a great shopping day.

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Sidewinder Portable Bobbin Winder, What a Great Idea!

I don’t know about you but I get so annoyed when I run out of thread and have to stop in the middle of sewing to wind my bobbin.   You know you get almost to the end or you’re just whippingt along and it happens.  Its such a pain I think.  In my  newsletter from Evelyn’s Sewing Centre  I read about their new portable bobbin winder.  It sounds like a great idea.  Does anyone have one of these or seen one of these.  I’ll have to stop by there and see it in person. I believe its under $30.00 so I’m tempted to give it a try.

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On Your Mark..Get Set…SEW!

I have had sewing projects ready to go both in my mind and sewing area.  Its a snowy day out there and perfect for a sewing day so I will share a couple of ideas.  I plan to make another chenille type baby quilt.  The front panel looks like this 00161.jpg

and like this 0015.jpg and the back will be the yellow fabric with the coordinating little specs of colour to coordinate.  The fabric is a soft cotton. 0011.jpg

Also because we are going on a cruise!…in early March,and I’ll write more on that later, I found a McCall’s pattern #8108 that would make a nice little dress to take along.  It is one of those 1 Hour Dress patterns.  I have been waiting for the spring/summer fabrics so I might make a deek down the road to Fabricland to check on that.  0008.jpg

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Finishing up the Edge/Trim Corners of a Blanket/Quilt Tutorial (my way)

 

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When I made the animal baby blanket in January I wanted to post how I made the edging and  corners on the main side.  I used to have some trouble making the corners square but after playing around with it  this is how I do it.  Many of my quilts and blankets use a contrasting material on the back that becomes the edge binding on the right side.  This is easy, tidy and is a nice contrast for the front.  It works for me.

Looking at the front of my completed blanket I measure the panel/material that runs around the completed blanket/quilt which is the right side of the back piece of my blanket/quilt.  I want to leave double the width I want the edge/trim to be and cut it to that size.

Along the long side I fold the fabric in half and then half again on to the blanket and pin at that spot.dsc00174.jpg

Beginning at the left side of the short end  I place a sharp fold, dsc00177.jpgdsc00178.jpgtemporarily pinning that point and fold the bottom up to the bottom edge of the blanket/quilt and then fold up one more time.  You might have to adjust the fold until it meets at a perfect and neat angle with the edge of the left-side longer edge. I fold up the rest of that edge pinning along the way to the end.

dsc00176.jpgTurn your blanket/quilt so that you once again begin at the left side with the sharp fold repeating until all four corners are pinned evenly. dsc00182.jpg I then sew along the folded edge of the trim/edge all the way around.  I might use a fancy machine stitch, or small zigzag to close up the fold on the corners, or place delicate hand stitches and sometimes the fabric looks good without doing anything more.dsc00180.jpg  The trim is actually the same width all the way around the blanket although the picture didn’t capture this.

Were you able to understand my tutorial?

Let me know how it works for you….I’d love to hear your comments on what you are making.

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